Indians account for the highest percentage of Australian beach drowning

According to one survey, immigrants have accounted for almost half of Australia’s beach drowning in the last 17 years, with Indians accounting for the highest number between 2009 and 2019.

In the first multicultural survey on beach safety in a particular community, the Sydney Beach Safety Research Group at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) received inadequate information on beach safety for immigrants from South Australia. I found that I was there.

Of the 249 respondents from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan to Pakistan, half did not know how to swim, but many were still planning to go into the water and many remained fully dressed. Up to.

More than half say they visited unpatrolled beaches.

Rob Brander, co-author of the study, said the language barrier also missed an important beach safety education.

“The standard beach safety messages we use, such as’swim between the flags’, may not resonate with new immigrants,” Brander said in a media release.

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Surf Rescue Workers instruct swimmers to move away from the northern end of Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on January 16, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Evans / Getty Images)

Also, they couldn’t find the rift.

“But it’s not their fault that they aren’t familiar with beach safety. It’s normal for us growing up in Australia to have a lack of English, swimming lessons, the dangers of surfing, and how to find out. It’s because of the lack of exposure to what you think you’re supposed to be. What to do if you’re ripping and getting caught up in it, “Brander said.

“They weren’t taught properly, and now there’s evidence in their community to support the need to do more about this.”

Participants in the study also said that 60% of the existing amount of beach safety information is bad or needs to be increased, so it is important to correctly translate beach safety information into the native language of South Asian migrants. is.

The lead author, Woods, said their study actually identified how endangered the South Asian community was when going to the beach.

“The clear implication here is that new and recent immigrants to Australia should be the central focus of swimming learning programs and beach safety education,” Woods said.

Recent Studies from Royal Lifesaving Australia’s Latest Drowning Report Compared to people born in Australia, more than 80% of drowning deaths are male, and migrants are more likely to drown when swimming or rocking around beaches and rocks.

Jesse Chan


Jessie Zhang is a Sydney-based journalist who reports on Australian news. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and music. Contact her at [email protected]